I know these aren’t “shooting tips”, but personal security is the reason so many of us shoot, so I thought I’d share this here.
With autumn here, it is perhaps the most important time of the year to pay more attention to home security. With evenings getting darker and burglars taking advantage of a window left open or door left unlocked, you can’t be lax with security. To beat burglars this fall season follow these tips:
- Keep your keys, valuables or other important documents out of sight.
- Make sure that no ground floor windows have cracks or broken glass.
- Don’t answer the door to a stranger especially if you are not expecting anyone at the door and when home alone. Get a wide angle peephole or better yet, get an intercom system.
- Consider installing a home alarm. Test it!
- Cancel mail and other deliveries if you will be away.
- Invest in a light switch timer that can turn your lights on and off automatically to create the impression you’re home while you are away. You may also want to ask a neighbor to “house-sit” for you if possible.
- If you are planning to be away for some time, lock valuables in a safe instead of leaving them lying around the home.
- Add plenty of lighting to access points and include motion sensors.
- Always double check your outdoor lighting to ensure it’s working, especially after a strong storm or power outage.
- Maintain your shrubs to make sure the entrance to your home is visible from the street. Don’t give prowlers a place to hide.